Guyan Valley H. S.

Guyan Valley High School, 1 August 1927

Above is a photograph of the students of Guyan Valley HIgh School taken on 1 August 1927.

Guyan Valley High School was located in Pleasant View, WV along the west bank of the Guyandotte River. The school was built in 1926 and graduated its first senior class of eight students in 1929. The school and three other area high schools were merged to form Lincoln County High School in 2006. The old school building now houses the Guyan Valley Junior High School.

At far left is Fred Bussey Lambert (1873-1967) who established the school. Lambert was a dedicated regional historian and the Fred B. Lambert Papers are available online via Marshall University’s Marshal Digital Scholar.

This photograph was purchased at a Baltimore antique store in April 2021.

Guyan Valley H. S.

Eberly Family of Mechanicsburg

The family of Ada Grace Hertzler and Charles B. Eberly

Above we see the family of Ada Grace Hertzler (1882-1974) and Charles B. Eberly (1877-1967) of Mechanicsburg, PA. Both Ada and Charles were descended from German families that immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 18th Century, and their genealogies are recorded in the records of the Mennonites in Pennsylvania.

Ada’s parents were Christian Myers Hertzler (1833-1922) and Eliza E. Mumma (1837-1912). Charles’ parents were Simon G. Eberly (1845-1924) and Margaret Ellen Bashore (1845-1918). Charles was, like his father, grandfathers, father-in-law, and son, a director of what started as the Merkel, Mumma & Company in 1859, later chartered as the Mechanicsburg Bank (1861), First National Bank (1864), First Bank and Trust (1927), and PNC Bank (1987).

Their children were Paul Eugene Eberly (1910-1983) who married Dorothy Elizabeth Adair in 1937, and Ada Grace Eberly (1907-1998) who married Harper Andrew Snelbaker (1908-1971) in 1931.

This photograph was purchased at an antique store in Baltimore in early 2021. The following is the caption on the photograph’s reverse.

Eberly Family of Mechanicsburg

Johnsville School 1917

Johnsville Public School, 1917

The above photograph depicts the Johnsville (MD) Public School class of 1917. The school building, located in Johnsville, MD at what is now 10808 Green Valley Road, Union Bridge, MD, was built in 1903 and is now used as a residence. A 1991 image of the school and other details about Johnstown were found in the Architectural Survey File produced by the Maryland Historical Trust for its Inventory of Historic Properties.

The principle of the school, on the far left holding his hat in his hands, was Daniel Oliver Metz (1860-1949). I was able to confirm this is an image of Metz by comparing it with images of him posted by genealogists on Ancestry.com. Metz replaced George Klein Sappington (1855-1916) as principle of the school in 1891 with Emma Jane Sayler (1868-1929) as his assistant. I could not confirm that the woman in sunglasses on the far right in the image is Sayler.

Metz was the son of Nicholas Metz (1833-1904) and Mary Susan Albaugh (1837-1918). He married Olivia E. Eaves (1860-1941) in 1887, the daughter of Ephraim Eves (sic) (1835-1904) and Mary Jane Filler (1834-1920). All were Natives of Maryland. They had two children who lived to adulthood, Charles Daniel Metz (1895-1973) and Hilda Eaves Metz Bohn (1900-1960). Metz taught in Frederick County public schools for 33 years and was active in the Beaver Dam Church of the Brethren (Dunkard Brethren) for over 50 years as an elder, minister, and Sunday School teacher.

Emma Jane Sayler (variant Saylor) was the daughter of Solomon Sayler, Jr. (1824-1903) and Harriet Albaugh (1829-1905). She married James Daniel Leakins (1868-1941) in 1898 and they had a daughter, Lettie Pauline Leakins (1900-1965) who married Hall McCauley Martin in 1919. Given Metz’s longevity as principle at the Johnsville School it doesn’t seem unreasonable that Sayler was still the assistant in 1917 and the woman in this image looks age appropriate, but the only mention of Sayler as a teacher was in 1891 when she was appointed; all available Census records inform that she had no occupation.

Johnsville School 1917

Frizzellburg School 1932

Frizzellburg School, May 2, 32

The above photograph depicts the class of the public school in Frizzellburg, Carroll County, MD, in May 1932. I bought it from an antique store in Baltimore, MD. The teacher at the school in 1930 was Marian Ruth McAllister (1910-1987) who taught in the Carroll County Public Schools for 31 years. I am assuming that’s her in the center of the back row and hoping someone will confirm that. She married John Clifford Schaeffer, Sr. (1899-1987) in 1937 and they had four children. The following Evening Sun (Hanover, PA) photograph shows Marian in July 1973 when the Carroll County Board of Education presented her and other retired teachers and administrators with engraved silver bowls:

Marian Ruth McAllister Schaeffer is back row, far right

There isn’t a lot of Frizzellburg history to be obtained online when one is confined to the home office, so I’ll borrow a short history from the Historical Society of Carroll County Facebook page:

A bit of history from Frizzellburg – – On April 17, 1814, Nimrod Frizell married Ann Fischer Frizell and moved into the area. He first built a home and opened a blacksmith’s shop. A short while later he built another house, this one large enough to house his family as well as serve as an inn and a small general store. Frizell’s Tavern was one of the few places along the way to western Maryland that accommodated travelers. It lay on the road that linked the bustling Baltimore area and the rural towns west of it. The Frizell family became so active in local affairs that the settlement became known as ”Frizzells” (with an added Z). The name was formally changed to Frizzellburg later. This road is said to have been made of 2″ x 10″ x 14′ planks, placed crossways on heavy beams or timbers as supports in the soft dirt of the highway.

The photos show that Frizell’s Tavern stands today and is very closely restored to its appearance in 1818. Next door stands a fieldstone house which was the later home of the Frizell family when they moved from the second floor of the tavern. Nimrod and Ann Frizell are buried in the Westminster Cemetery.

Alfred Warner built a general store fronting the road in the 1860’s to serve the needs of the community. It’s now the Frizellburg Antique Store and stepping inside is like stepping back in time. Frizzellburg was also the home to a handsome brick school shown in an 1888 photo from the collection of the Carroll County Genealogical Society.

In 1997 when a feature article was written about Frizzellburg in the Baltimore Sun, about 70 families resided in the heart of the community, living in homes built seemingly to last forever. Typically, a Frizzellburg home has a log structure hidden behind modern walls which are meticulously maintained down to the neatly trimmed flower beds and backyard vegetable gardens.

Frizzellburg School 1932

The Diehl Family

The Family of Peter A. Diehl (1841-1907) and Mary A. Schnell (1846-1921), 1905

I copied the above photograph with my phone because the original is too big for my scanner. It was purchased in late 2020 from an antique store in Baltimore, MD. At the bottom is an image of the 8.5 X 11 inch piece of paper glued onto its back

Peter A. Diehl (1841-1907) and Mary A. Schnell (1846-1921), seated next to each other in the center of the middle row, were both natives of York County, PA. They were married in 1860 and lived in Hopewell Township, York County, PA. His parents were Levi Diehl (1816-1901) and Juliann Klinefelter (1816-1885), and her parents were Jacob Schnell (1815-1902) and Catherine Keller (1815-1897), all natives of Pennsylvania. Peter’s obituaries described him as “prosperous” and said his estate was valued at over $20,000 (~$557K). The note on the back states the photograph is dated 1905, but I think it’s 1906 because the youngest child pictured was born in February, 1906. The family members, their Find A Grave memorial number, if known, and their birth-death dates are listed below:

Front row, left to right:

  1. Leonard Diehl, 184321709, (1894-1946)
  2. Treva M. Keller, 87340797, (1895-1983)
  3. Jairus B. Keller, 49926913, (1900-1997)
  4. Kenneth A. Keller, 65925306, (1903-1989)
  5. Mary McWilliams, 114306619, (1893-1977)
  6. Russell C. Keller, (1893-1966)

MIddle row, left to right:

  1. Zana Irene Diehl Keller, 49933122, (1873-1963), 2nd Daughter
  2. Sarah Herbst Diehl, 96842967, (1863-1915), 1st Daughter in Law
  3. Peter Diehl, 114305968, (1841-1907), Patriarch
  4. Mary Schnell Diehl, 114305962, (1846-1921), Matriarch
  5. Bertha Diehl McWilliams, 114306749, (1870-1953), 1st Daughter
  6. Annie Shirey Diehl, (1878-1968), 2nd Daughter-in-Law

Back row, left to right:

  1. Harold D. Keller, 49926814, (1905-1998)
  2. Eli B. Keller, 49932969, (1865-1938), 2nd Son-in-Law
  3. Harry Diehl, 96842816, (1865-1936), 1st Son
  4. Zeno Diehl 96842991, (1889-1955)
  5. Navin McWilliams, 123613598, (1891-1958)
  6. James McWilliams, 114306764, (1867-1945), 1st Son-in-Law
  7. James Emory Diehl, 160242424, (1878-1958), 2nd Son
  8. Mildred Diehl, (1906-1973)

Family Groups:

Peter A. Diehl (9) married Mary A. Schnell (10) in 1860 and their children were Harry Clinton Diehl (15), Bertha May Diehl (1870-1953) (11), Zana Irene Diehl (1873-1963), and James Emory Diehl, Sr. (19).

Harry Clinton Diehl (15) married Sarah Jane Herbst (8) and their children were Zeno M. Diehl (16) and Leonard Hastings Diehl, Sr. (1). Harry was the senior member of the firm H. C. Diehl and Son, butchers in Loganville, PA.

Bertha May Diehl (11) married James F. McWilliams (18) in 1891 and their children were, Navin D. McWilliams (17) and Mary Etta McWilliams (5). Bertha raised her family in Shrewsbury, PA

Zana Irene Diehl (7) married Eli Benjamin Keller (14) in 1892 and their children were Russell Conwell Keller (6), Treva Margarite Keller (2), Jarius B. Keller (3), Kenneth A. Keller (4), and Harold Diehl Keller (13). Zana raised her family in Glen Rock, PA.

James Emory Diehl, Sr. (19) married Annie V. Shirey (12) in 1900 and their children were Mildred Louisa Diehl (20) and James Emory Diehl (1912-1997). James was the proprietor of D&D Sewing Company, York, PA.

Reverse of The Family of Peter A. Diehl (1841-1907) and Mary A. Schnell (1846-1921), 1905

There are a lot of interesting facts about the family, but there are too many people to profile in this space. I do want to share the following account of the death of Peter’s mother in 1885, just because. I was unable to find a report of of her funeral.

The Diehl Family

Entering Guantanamo Bay

This photograph depicts a U. S. Navy airship over Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The photograph was apparently taken from aboard a ship. At least four moored ships are visible in the distance.
Entering Guantanamo Bay. Cuba. (3″ x 5″)

The above photograph shows a U. S. Navy airship over Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The date of the photograph is unknown. It appears to have been taken from aboard a ship.

The U. S. Navy’s first airship was the DN-1 which first flew in April 1917. The Navy flew dirigibles out of McCalla Field, Cuba which was operational from 1931-1970. I am not certain of the perspective because I can’t determine if photographer meant to depict his own entrance to the bay or the dirigible’s entrance. Judging by the ships visible in the distance, I can see at least four, the photographer could be northwest of the airfield.

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Google Earth, 2004)

This photograph was purchased from a Baltimore antique shop in November 2020.

Entering Guantanamo Bay

The Reverends Finney and McGraw

Reverend William D. Finney (1788-1873) was a native of New London, PA, the son of Walter Finney (1847-1820) and Mary O’Hara (1753-1823). Finney married Susan LNU (1791-1817) who died a few months after the death of their son, Walter Scott Finney (1816-1817). He then married Margaret Miller (1790-1865) and they had six children:

  • Susan Finney (1822-1894)
  • John M. Finney, MD (1823-1896) was a beloved doctor in Churchville, MD for 50 years
  • Rev. Ebenezer Dickey Finney (1825-1904), a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary who eventually settled as the first pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Belair, MD where he was pastor from 1872-1895, and father to John Miller Turpin Finney, Sr., MD (1863-1942)
  • William D. Finney, Jr. (1829-1863) who died near Drytown, CA where he was a partner in the Maryland Quartz Mining Company
  • Charles M. Finney (1829-1897)
  • George Junkin Finney (1830-1906) who was a Harford County politician and judge who married Louisa Lyons Webster (1838-1927).

Rev. Finney was the pastor of the Churchville Presbyterian Church in Harford County, MD from November 1813 until his death, though his activities had been curtailed by age at the end. The nomination of the church for the National Register of Historic Places (HA-441) (NRHP) describes Finney’s arrival at Churchville this way:

The Churchville Presbyterian Church’s congregation, the oldest in Harford County, dates back to 1738, when it was chartered as the Deer Creek Presbyterian Congregation and was supplied by the Donegal Presbytery. Those early worshipers met, according to church records, in a log structure on Graveyard Branch, about two miles northeast of the present building. The congregation relocated to its now-permanent site in 1759 and built themselves a simple brick meeting house. But various issues began to divide the congregation into splinter groups of ever-decreasing importance; this unfortunate situation was worsened by the absence of any minister for 25 years. This decline was reversed, however, when the Rev. William T. Finney (sic) (1789-1873; B.A. Princeton, 1809) came to the parish. Finney was a native of New London in Chester County, Pennsylvania, where two of the Deer Creek’s elders heard him preach in October, 1812. The Marylanders were so impressed that they asked the young man to come to Harford and he agreed, being installed here on November 17, 1813. Finney revived the dying parish and caused the main block of the present church to be built.

There is a lot of information about Rev. Finney and his family and their influence on the development of Harford County. I’m a little surprised I didn’t discover a book about them. Three Finney houses north of Churchville on Glenville Road are designated by the NRHP as the Finney Houses Historic District (HA-1751), one of them is Rev. Finney’s house built in 1821 which contains a plaque inscribed with his and Margaret’s names, the date 1821, and the Latin phrase tempus fugit irreparabile (time flees irretrievably). A 20-foot-tall monument to Rev. Finney by the Baltimore sculptor Hugh Sisson faces the front door of the Churchville Presbyterian Church. Here is a description of Rev. Finney’s funeral with remarks by his successor, Rev. John R. Paxton.

Rev. James McGraw (variant: Magraw) (1775-1835) served the Presbyterians of the West Nottingham Community in neighboring Cecil County and was a friend and mentor to Rev. Finney. McGraw was born in Bart Township, PA, to Irish immigrant John McGraw (1750-1818) and Jane Kerr about whom not much is known. He married Rebecca Cochran (1780-1831), the daughter of Captain Stephen Cochran (1732-1790) of Cochranville, PA and Jane LNU (1740-1783). Their children were:

  • James Cochran McGraw (1804-1868) was postmaster of Cumberland, MD; presiding judge of the Baltimore County Orphans’ Court at the time of his death; he married Mary Anne Correy (1804-1874) and they had three girls and two boys.
  • Stephen John McGraw (1806-1848) was postmaster of Havre de Grace, MD when he died.
  • Samuel Martin McGraw (1806-1871) was a Harford County Orphans’ Court judge, a principle of the Bel Air Academy and of the West Nottingham Academy, and a delegate to Maryland’s Constitutional Convention of 1850 (Magraw); he married Mary Anne S. Maxwell (1807-1868) and they had one son.
  • Jane Eliza McGraw (1811-1826)
  • Robert Mitchell McGraw (1811-1866) was a director and president of the Baltimore and Susquehanna Railroad.
  • Henry Slaymaker McGraw (1815-1867) was a lawyer in Pittsburgh, the treasurer of Pennsylvania, and a member of the Maryland House of Delegates when he died.
  • Ann Isabella McGraw (1817-1843)
  • William Miller Finney McGraw (1818-1864) was the first person to carry mail to Utah.

Rev. McGraw’s biography in The Biographical Cyclopedia of Representative Men of Maryland and District
of Columbia
(Baltimore: National Biographical Publishing Co., 1879, p. 359-60):

MAGRAW, JAMES, Clergyman and Educator, was born in Bart Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, January 1, 1775. His father, John Magraw, a native of Kilkenny, Ireland, having been compelled to flee his native land, because of his connection with a secret political club, which was regarded as inimical to the British Government, fled first to Gibraltar, and thence to this country, and settled in Pennsylvania. Being well educated, he taught school at Upper Octorara, and other places in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was a volunteer soldier in a Pennsylvania regiment during the entire Revolutionary war, and was in most of the battles in Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. He was at Valley Forge, and crossed the Delaware with Washington {George Washington}, and was wounded at the battle of Princeton. He married Jane Kerr, of Middle Octorara, and died December 22, 1818, aged sixty-eight. Their son James, the subject of this sketch, received his primary education at a classical school near Strasburg, Pennsylvania, and afterwards entered Franklin College, at Lancaster city, where he was graduated with honor. In 1800 he entered upon the study of theology, under the Rev. Nathaniel Sample, pastor of the churches of Leacock and Middle Octorara. In the same year he was received as a candidate for the Gospel ministry by the Presbytery of New Castle. On December 16, 1801, he was sent on a mission to Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. In 1803 he received calls from Washington and Buffalo, in Pennsylvania, and from West Nottingham, in Cecil County, Maryland. After mature consideration, he accepted the call to West Nottingham, and April 4, 1804, was ordained and installed pastor by the Presbytery of New Castle. The society at that time was comparatively feeble, but it steadily prospered under Mr. Magraw’s ministry, and at the time of his death it was a large and flourishing congregation. In 1822 he organized a church at Charlestown [MD] and remained its pastor until his death, after which the church at that place became extinct. In 1825 Dickinson College conferred upon Mr. Magraw the degree of Doctor of Divinity. Dr. Magraw was a prominent and influential member of the church courts. He took a decided and active part with the Old School, in the church controversy which commenced in 1831, and issued in 1837 in the division of the Church into New and Old School. In reference to the part he sustained in this controversy the Rev. Robert J. Breckenridge, DD, said, “Beyond a doubt the great chapter in Dr. Magraw’s life was his connection with the reform of the Presbyterian Church from 1831 until his death.” He was a member of the General Assembly of 1834, also an active member of the Convention of Ministers and Elders that met in Philadelphia, and drew up and signed the famous “Act and Testimony.” In 1812, through the agency of Dr. Magraw, the West Nottingham Academy was established. After a few years of indifferent success and frequent changes of teachers, he became its principal, and continued to hold that relation until his death. Under his management this institution attained a high reputation. Students were attracted to it from distant parts of the country, and many who have and still hold prominent positions in business, political, and professional life, received their education at this academy. Dr. Magraw was emphatically a man of action. His administrative abilities were of a high order. He faithfully discharged the duties of his pastoral charge; efficiently superintended the West Nottingham Academy; was an earnest worker in the temperance reform in its infancy; and amid all these labors, successfully managed the large farm on which he resided. In person Dr. Magraw was tall, somewhat corpulent, and had a robust and vigorous constitution. Endowed with high intellectual powers, of strong will, affable and agreeable manners, he exercised a great influence over his fellow-men and commanded their respect.

Rev. Finney sent Rev. McGraw’s son, Stephen, the following cover letter with a booklet containing copies of the eulogies delivered at Rev. and Mrs. Finney’s funerals, presumably by him, an obituary, and remarks made at the communion table to memorize Rev. Finney. The following are scans of the original documents followed by my transcription of them.

January 24th, 1844
Mr. S. J. Magraw
Dear Sir—I have often regretted that so little that is permanent has been put on record in relation to your Father & Mother. I beg leave to suggest, if you think it worth while, that you would send what I have written to your sister, & let her write a copy for each one of her Brothers—at any rate a copy for William
[William was apparently named after Rev. Finney].
I have copied what I promised and a little more—supposing it would not be unacceptable. The date at the top of the 6th page you can supply. I recollected the month but not the day of the year
[the date, the 1st, was added on page six]. Any other mistakes you may notice please to correct.
Sincerely yours,
W. Finney

Substance of an address delivered at the funeral of Mrs. Rebecca Magraw.
We have assembled to pay the last duties of affection, to one whose loss will be long felt, & very long deplored. It is no common loss we have sustained — & yet it is accompanied with consolations, of no ordinary kind. “The wicked is driven away in his wickedness, but the righteous hath hope in his death.”_ The lifeless clay which we have just covered up, ’till the last trump shall sound, was animated by a spirit, which we trust, has winged its way to the paradise above. Around this hope, hang no misgivings. We cannot, surely, be mistaken. The meek and peaceful spirit of the gospel, was strikingly & uniformly manifested in her whole deportment. Her example was noiseless, but impressive. Like

the “Dew of Hermon[Psalm 133; Mt. Hermon] it distilled its refreshing influence, upon the circle in which she moved. Her calm & peaceful view of eternity, as she gradually approached its brink, & her expressions of confidence in the pardoning blood of Christ, were sure and comfortable evidences that the departing spirit was fitted for its flight. How consolatory to survivors, is the sweet assurance that death to her was gain! And who would not on, witnessing the peace of her expiring moments, & the hallowed calm that was thrown around her death-bed exclaim — Let me die the death of the righteous & let my last end be like hers!__

We have stood around the grave, & have committed to its trust, the precious but lifeless remnant, of the beloved, inestimable woman who had long been united to many of us, by sacred & tender ties. These ties have been dissolved, and the deathless spirit of our departed friend, has bidden us a long adieu. To the bereaved partner of her joys and sorrows, a crowd of consolations calculated to calm. The tumult of his feelings, are presented in the single fact that she sleeps in Jesus. What a privilege to have been the husband of such a wife! And altho’ a feeling of desolation, & loneliness must pass over his soul, it is his unutterable privilege to look beyond the lowering cloud, to the bow of the covenant beyond it, & exclaim, “The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” And while it is his privilege thus to bow, in peaceful submission,

to the sovereign will of God, how overwhelming are the motives presented in this scene of sorrow, to denote the short remnant of his span, with increased & redoubled diligence, to the care of that deathless spirit committed to his trust, & which in a little while must begin its eternal flight.

By the children of our departed friend, the solemn transactions of this solemn day, will not — cannot be soon forgotten. You have looked into a mother’s grave, yes, a mother’s grave. It is the voice of a beloved, departed mother, whose living form you will see no more, & whose prayers for her children had so often ascended to the throne, in agonizing earnestness, that now addresses you from the tomb, and tells you to prepare to meet your God. Can you resist an appeal so overwhelming — an appeal so calculated to thrill upon every cord, and every fibre of the heart? And will you not in this hour so full of solemn, & tender recollections, resolve that you will seek with an earnestness, never felt before, the favor of a mother’s Covenant God, & prepare to follow in the wake of her deathless spirit, departed for the skies? __
W. F._

Notice, published in the newspaper—
Departed this life on Monday Dec. 1st after a distressing & protracted illness, Mrs. Rebecca Magraw, wife of the Reverend Jas. Magraw, DD of Cecil County, Md, in the 55th year of her age. It is not intended in this notice to give in detail the history of her life, but merely a brief memorial. It is not known to the writer at what period in life she gave up the world for Christ. It is most probable however that it was in her youth. For many years she was a consistent & exemplary member of the visible Church & deeply interested in the general prosperity of Zion. In all the benevolent efforts of the day, she manifested a deep and increasing interest to the last. And if any one Christian enterprise shared in her affections more largely than another, it was the training up of young men for the gospel ministry. And some of them now in distant fields of labour, should they read this little memorial, will feel that they have indeed lost a mother — & the tear of gratitude will fall as memory brings up her kind attentions & untiring efforts to help them forward to the sacred office.
As a wife she was yielding, affectionate & kind — as a mother a rare example of devotedness to the best interests of her children — as a friend decided and ardent in her attachments. The meek and peaceful spirit of the Gospel threw a moral charm over her whole deportment.

Her example was noiseless but impressive. It shed like the dew of Hermon its refreshing influence upon the circle in which she moved. Her calm and peaceful view of eternity as she gradually approached its brink — her expressions of confidence in the pardoning blood of Christ, were sure and comfortable evidences that the departing spirit was fitted for its flight.
As her end drew near, she was asked by a friend if Christ was precious — precious! she exclaimed as if surprised at the question: “He is my whole dependence!” Death when he came created no alarm. She felt the gentle intimation that her hour was come; & clasping her hands upon her breast, & raising her eyes to Heaven in a fixed & ardent gaze resigned her spirit unto God who gave it.

“So sets the morning star,
“Which goes not down behind the darkened West,
“Nor hides obscured ‘mid tempests of the sky,
But melts away into the light of Heaven.”

[poem; text]

Extract from an address delivered at the communion-table in W. Nottingham Church shortly after the death of Dr. Magraw — W. F.
It has been my lot in the providence of God, occasionally to stand upon this spot & distribute to those around this Table, the memorials of the Redeemer’s death: — But never did I perform that service here, in such solemn circumstances. I feel that there is something wanting. The seat at the head of this table is not filled, as on former occasions — the Pulpit is empty — the chair unoccupied, & I listen to catch the sound of the voice which was so familiar, — so solemn, & so impressive at the communion table. But I look, & listen & wait in vain — And the truth that your beloved Pastor is no more, seems to fall upon the heart with an overwhelming certainty, that is professed not, when we stood in sorrow, & silence around his grave. He has performed, then, his last communion service, & placed in your hands for the last time, the memorials of the Redeemer’s death.
At the table, where we trust he sits, no bread & wine are needed, to remind him of the sorrows of Gethsemane, or the agonies of the Cross — but even there, if spirits of the departed, are permitted to look down upon the table below, he is no indifferent spectator, of this solemn scene. It was at the communion table that his feelings seemed to be most deeply enlisted, & his whole soul, to be thrown into his solemn & overwhelming appeals, to the conscience, & the heart. — A feeling of desolation comes over the soul, as

the reality forces itself upon us, that we shall see his face no more — that to this house, this sacred desk, this flock without a shepherd, he has bidden a long adieu: But you will meet him again, when the grave shall have given up its dead. To some of you, we trust, it will be a meeting full of joy. Are not some of my hearers, the seals of his ministry — the spiritual children of our departed Brother? — Then you will meet again where the faithful Pastor & the believing flock will be adorned with crowns of victory.

And perhaps I speak to some who have not been profited by his ministrations — some over whom he has wept and prayed in vain. Alas! What a fearful meeting will take place between the Pastor, who so faithfully and affectionately warned, & and his reckless hearer who fled not from the wrath to come! But if the life, & preaching and example of our Brother, now no more, failed to impress, will his death too be unimproved? To-day, he seems to address you, not from the Pulpit, but from the grave — not in the living voice, that falls upon the ear, but in the low unearthly whisper, that breaths upon the heart. And will you not now resolve, in dependence upon the grace & the spirit of God, that you will make the one thing needful the object of your supreme regard. Shall there not be joy to-day among the Angels of God over some in this assembly that have repented?

Extract from a sermon — “Ye shall see my face no more.” —
And with what solemn emphasis is this declaration pressed upon our hearts at this solemn moment? He who was pastor of this church, for more than 30 years, has been suddenly summoned to his last account, & you will see his face no more. How faithful he warned his hearers, thro’ that so long period, to flee from the wrath to come. How affectionately he invited them to accept of an offered Savior! How deeply he sympathized with them, in all their sorrows, & how diligently he toiled, & labored & prayed for their salvation, the hearts & consciences of many present will testify . . . as an ambassador of Jesus Christ, he was deterred by no bodily toil, or sacrifice of ease, from delivering the messages of his Master. As a member of the Presbytery, of the Synod, and general assembly, his services were not only invaluable, but cheerfully given. His death has left a blank in those departments of the Church, which cannot soon be filled. As a friend (I speak from experience) he was faithful, & devoted. For more than 20 years it has been my privilege, however undeserving, to share largely in his kindness, & receive substantial evidences of his regard — but I shall see his face no more — & have been denied too the melancholy privilege of a parting interview. It would been a mournful consolation, to have stood over his dying bed, & to have witnessed the cheering & sustaining influence of that gospel, he had so long preached to others. It would have been pleasant to have seen “how a Christian could die.” — But the Rubicon is passed, & that face upon which death has affixed his seal, you will see no more. That voice which so often resounded within these walls you will hear no more . . . but will the Pastor & his flock without a shepherd, meet no more? Yes you will meet him, at the bar of judgement, as a long absent friend, mingling his joys with yours, or as a swift and terrible witness against you. Upon your choice depends the joy or the sorrow of that meeting. Have you neglected the warnings of the living Watchman? Oh! seek to be profited by his death. Listen to the invitation he gives from the tomb. It is the silent solemn eloquence of death. It is his his last appeal, whose face you will see no more. ——

The Reverends Finney and McGraw

The Forster Family

The Forster Family

The above photograph depicts the Forster family of Philadelphia. We know the names of people in the photograph and where it was taken because of a type-written note on its reverse. It was purchased at an antique/junk store on in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, MD.

Heinrich Joseph Eduard Adolph Fäster (1817-1891), later Forster, and his wife, Eleonore Dorette “Dorothea” Henrietta Klieves (1822-1913), immigrated from Germany to the USA separately. I don’t know when or how Adolph got here. Dorothea was single when she arrived in to the Port of Baltimore in 1841 aboard the S.S. Caspar sailing out of Bremen, Germany. Immigration documents say she “originated” in Nienover.

Adolph’s occupation in 1850 was “looking glass maker” and the family lived in Philadelphia’s Pine Ward. We know from Census records and Adolph’s obituary that the full address was 421 S. 2d Street, now the site of a CVS. Adolph’s other recorded occupations were “variety store” owner, “toy maker,” and proprietor of Adolph Forster & Company which imported toys and dolls from Germany.

Of their children, the first born was Amilie Louise Forster (1845-1928). She never married and no occupation was listed on her death certificate.

Second born was Emma Augusta Forster (1846-1934). She married German-born Henry Bauermeister (1837-1904) who was a toy importer. When I learned that Emma married a Bauermeister, I remembered the box I got the above photograph from contained a photograph of the Bauermeister family in Germany, so I went back to the store and found two versions of it.

Third born was Josephine Doris Forster (1848-1938). Josephine also never married though her death certificate lists her occupation as “housewife.” Her obituary asked that “Wheeling, WV papers please copy,” but I was unable to figure out the reason.

The fourth born was George Forster, in September 1852, and he is not in the photograph. He lived at least until age 18 when he was enumerated with his family in the U. S. Census of 1870, but I found nothing more about him.

Fifth born was Wilhelm “William” Heinrich August Forster (1859-1939). William followed in his father’s footsteps as an importer of toys and dolls from Europe and apparently renamed the business after himself. William never married. When he died he left his estate of $70,000 ($1,311,306.47 in 2020 dollars) to four nieces who lived in Baltimore, Olga Marie Wacker (1899-1961), Ilse Forster Wacker (1904-1962), Dorothy Forster Wacker (1895-1989), and Carla Wacker (1908-1985).

Those Wacker girls were among the children of the sixth child, Cecelia Louisa Forster (1864-1927). She married German-born Charles N. Wacker (1847-1921) in Philadelphia in 1893. By 1900 they had moved to Baltimore and Charles was working as a ship chandler. Charles’s obituary informed that he was “engaged in the canning business in Maryland” for many years. Here is the best version of the photograph I went back to the store to get:

Caption on the reverse: Picnic in Bremen, Celia (sic) Forster with Bauermeister Family

The owner of the antique/junk shop where I bought these materials called me back a week or so after I obtained the above photographs to tell me about the availability of some actors’ head shots in a box of papers at the shop. I went over to have a look and found four photographs autographed to Stanley Broughton Tall, Sr. (1891-1966), a Baltimore playwright whose second wife was Dorothy Forster Wacker. Tall was born in Baltimore County, MD to Otis Jackson Tall (1866-1920) and Onia Broughton (1865-1917).

Tall’s obituary in The Evening Sun described him as a “versatile dramatist and public relations writer” who was a drama critic for that newspaper in the 1930s, a program director for WBAL, and a publicist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Tall self-published Pages From a Critic’s Note Book in 1913, which contained “the personal opinions of the writer concerning authors, plays, and players . . . written in true journalistic manner; the night of the play and in the night of the midnight oil.” Tall also formed Tall-Owens Publishing Company to publish a number of songs with him as the lyricist and one William Owens as the composer.

The actors whose autographed photographs follow performed in the premiere of Tall’s “Green Jade” in Dayton, OH in September 1921. I was unable to find a copy of the play but here is a review of that performance. A notice said it was expected to be the first play performed at the Times Square Theater in September 1920 with Florence Reed starring, but the theater opened with Reed starring instead in The Mirage and that ran for 192 performances.

To Mr. Broughton Tall with my sincere good wishes, Jane Stuart, “Green Jade,” 9-12-21
To Mr. Tall–Hope the play goes over big in N. Y., Sincerely, Frances Pitt

Francis Pitt was the daughter of the English actor William Addison Pitt (1876-1968) and Helen Agnes Schayer (1875-1959) and the grand-daughter of the actress Fannie Addison Pitt (1876-1968).

To Mr. Tall, In sincere appreciation of the opportunity of playing “Richard,” Corliss Giles
To Mr. Tall, a fellow Baltimorean, I wish the greatest success. The original “((Maz)),” Fraunie

“Fraunie” had a number of stage names but his true name was Francis Anthony Fraunholz (1883-1961). Fraunie was, like Tall, a Baltimorean, the son of a wood carver named John M. Fraunholz (1854-1936) and Catherine E. Parr (1863-1943). All four of his grandparents were born in Bavaria. His Wikipedia page has a list of films he appeared in between during 1913-1919 which I can’t vouch for given that Fraunie’s vital statistics are all wrong. In the 1930s Fraunie was the Bergen County, NJ director of the Federal Theater Project (1935-1939).

The Forster Family

Lucille Edwards of Capa, SD

This blog was suspended for a few weeks as I tried to get my arms around some other projects, but one of those projects is pretty depressing, particularly in the current climate, so I spent a few days on this blog to clear my head a little. The photograph is one of a cache I received from a Stuff CTW Found field operative currently deployed to South Dakota.

Lucile Edwards When a tiny girl & Doll. Capa S. D.

The above photograph depicts Lucille Margaret Edwards (1914-2007). The caption on the back states she lived in Capa, Jones County, SD. The Census of 1920 enumerates her family as living on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation in Lyman County, SD. Easterners like me must rejigger their conception of distance when considering places like South Dakota.

Lucille’s father was Charles Erwin Edwards (1886-1971), a farmer, who was born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents. Lucille’s mother was Karolina Sophie “Lena” Kohler (1887-1925) who was born in Wisconsin to German-born parents. They were married in Lyman County in 1909.

Lucille married John Arthur Hansen (1913-1996) in February 1939 in Estherville, IA where he was born. John’s father was Jens “John” Hansen (1872-1947) who was born in Denmark. His mother was Andrea Husby (1886-1961) who was born in Norway. Jens was a tailor in Denmark and in Germany before moving to the USA in 1893. According to an obituary featured in his findagrave.com memorial, Jens bought out a tailor in Estherville in 1894 and added a dry cleaning plant in 1905. John followed his father in the dry cleaning business. Lucille and John had three sons.

Lucille and John both died in Hawaii and are buried near John’s parents in Oak Hill Cemetery in Estherville. There is a photograph of Lucille on her findagrave.com memorial page and you can see that she retained that dimple in her chin until adulthood. On her memorial page and on John’s memorial page there are several photographs of the family.

When and why did they move to Hawaii? I don’t know the answers for certain but I think it has something to do with Al Phillips (1907-1984). Known as Al Phillips the Cleaner, Phillips spent 40 years in the dry cleaning business in Oregon and Las Vegas before retiring and moving to Honolulu in 1964. Unable to remain retired, Phillips built an Al Phillips the Cleaner plant on McCully Street, then sold it in 1968. Lucille and John appear in a Portland, OR city directory in 1955 and John is working for Ideal Cleaners in Beaverton. They were still living in Portland in 1961, but in 1971 they were living in an apartment on McCully Street in Honolulu, the same street where Al Phillips built his dry cleaning plant. In my imagined scenario, Phillips knew John from Portland and recruited him to help set up the Honolulu edition of Al Phillips the Cleaner. John’s obituaries inform that he was retired from Al Phillips the Cleaner. Perhaps a family member will shed light on this story at some point.

The reverse of the above photograph.

Lucille Edwards of Capa, SD

Reese and Rinehart

Horace Greeley Reese, Sr. In College

Above we see Horace Greeley Reese, Sr. (1876-1954). I would bet a dollar that Horace was named after Horace Greeley (1811-1872) who was the founder and editor of the New-York Tribune, a member of the U. S. House of Representatives, and a presidential candidate of the Liberal Republican Party who lost to Ulysses S. Grant in a landslide in 1872. The caption on the back of the photograph says it was taken while he was in college. Horace attended Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) where he won the freshman class gold medal in 1896 and graduated in the class of 1899.

Horace was the son of David Reese (1825-1895) and Sarah C. Burns (1844-1899). He grew up on farm on what is now Meadow Branch Road southwest of Westminster, MD. The Reese farm was surrounded by the farms of family members, part of a large parcel of land passed down through the family of his paternal grandmother Rebecca Roop (1803-1872) who married Andrew Reese (1791-1826) in 1822.

(MHT CARR-19)

Horace began working at the Westminster Post Office while still in college. By 1902 he had risen to the position of chief clerk under postmaster Milton Schaeffer (1853-1902), a former Republican mayor of Westminster and a prominent Carroll County businessman who had been appointed in 1898. Under Schaeffer’s supervision, in 1899 Carroll County became the first county in the U. S. to completely implement Rural Free Delivery and Horace participated in the first run in April.

Schaeffer died in September 1902 and Horace was appointed acting postmaster to serve out the remainder of Schaeffer’s term, but he was eventually passed over for the permanent job. Horace married Schaeffer’s oldest daughter, Edna Eugenia Schaeffer (1879-1954), on 31 December 1902. Edna’s mother was Mary Susan Zacharias (1857-1943). Horace resigned from the Westminster post office in September 1904 and took a job in Memphis working for the U. S. Post Office’s Rural Free Delivery Southern Division. He went on to become a mail inspector and to work all over the South. Horace was credited with capturing a number of crooks and fraudsters who used the postal service to carry out their crimes.

Horace and Edna had four children, Horace Greeley Reese, Jr. (1906-1979), Kathleen Diehl Reese (1915-1991), Mary Elizabeth Reese (1918-2006), and Milton Schaeffer Reese (1920-1992). The couple retired in Florida at the end of Horace’s 45-year career, died within months of each other, and were buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL.

Mary Reese Rinehart

Above we see Mary Ann Reese (1832-1922). She was a daughter of Andrew Reese (1800-1884) and Hannah Leister (1802-1888), the last survivor of their nine children. I think she was related to Horrace primarily because they shared the same great-grandfather, Andrew Reese (1709-1794). She married Jeremiah Rinehart (1821-1897) in August 1882 after his first wife, Mary A. Maus (1822-1882), died in May of that year.

Both of these photographs were produced by Sereck Shallcross Wilson (1870-1943). Serick was born in Middletown, DE. He moved to Westminster in 1901 and operated a studio there from 1902-1910 and 1920-1932. Between 1910 and 1920 he worked in Washington and Baltimore. These dates cause me to question the “in college” note on the back of Horace’s photograph but it is a discrepancy which could be easily explained. Sereck’s wife was Mary Gertrude Weaver (1880-1971) who happened to be a granddaughter of Jeremiah Rinehart.

These photographs were bought at an antique store on The Avenue in Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore.

Reese and Rinehart